Burma Human Rights Network launched a new report “Free and Fair For Some: Discrimination and Hate Speech in Burma’s General Election Campaign.” The report is based on a months-long investigation into hate speech on social media, discrimination against minority voters, and the disqualification of Muslim candidates on baseless and racist claims against their ancestry. Burma’s general election took place on 8 November 2020.
The report documents 39 cases of hate speech and misinformation on social media by Burmese users. The comments, some of which are shared thousands of times, contain vile accusations against Muslims and largely seek to discredit Aung San Suu Kyi and her NLD party. Similarly, BHRN documented comments from party members and candidates against Muslims that violate Burmese law. On top of all of this, BHRN also documented several instances of violence at campaign events, targeting Muslims or NLD supporters. The full report can be accessed here.